The new DJI Phantom Aerial UAV Drone Quadcopter for GoPro is one heck of a package deal for getting out there and making your more adventurous film ideas a reality. Whether you are making an independent film, a sports highlight reel, a music video, or a promo for your company, the Phantom 2 Vision+ will do an incredible job right out of the box.
You might want to pay attention to the “+” sign that we are using in the model name for this version of the Phantom. The “+” denotes that it is the version that comes with a 3-axis gimbal. What’s a gimbal? It is a special mount for the camera that allows the camera to float independently of the quadcopter, it can also help stabilize the view from every single vibration and change in the quadcopter’s direction. Without it, the ride for your viewers is a lot less pleasurable. A gimbal adds a touch of grace to the whole proceedings.
The DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ quadcopter is also one of the easiest to fly yet. You should be getting great usable results within the first few times you fly. Robert Scoble, a well-known tech early adopter who has a GREAT channel on YouTube, recently posted his experience as a novice with the Vision+ and shows just how easy it can be:
Here are a few of the main features:
- Super smooth video thanks to the 3-axis gimbal
- Crystal clear stills and live streaming video from the redesigned HD video camera with built-in FPV link
- Extra-long flight times of up to 25 minutes from the intelligent 5,200-mAh battery
- More flight power and security from the high-efficiency self-tightening propellers
- Advanced GPS-based navigation and programmable features you can set up via the built-in USB port
There is a version that you can now buy for DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter with Integrated FPV Camcorder (White), but it is our recommendation that you go for DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Quadcopter with FPV HD Video Camera and 3-Axis Gimbal. Gimbals can cost just as much as a quadcopter and camera combined. So the fact that you can get the entire package for $1299 is really phenomenal.
We’ve worked on Hollywood sets before and the cost of renting a crane or helicopter with crew for a few hours can take up the same amount of budget as a almost a week’s worth of shooting. The cost savings that the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ makes possible is so significant why would anyone rent? Buy it, learn it, and it will pay for itself in pretty short order.